Could this be our Matthew Roach - winning a 'spading match' in Brooklyn in 1844?
Ploughing Match. The Ploughing and Snading Match,' under the direction of the agri eullural committee of the American Institute, having been twice postponed on account of tha rain, at length took place at fordham on fcatur day.' The number of spectators wa not as great as at the ploughing match last year at Peterson, N. J.i vet some two or three hundred were pre sent. The ground selected was on the farm of the Rev. Mr. Powell, lying about a quarter oi a rn ile from the railroad. The snading match aAer considerable delay, eommenced about one o.cloek. The conditions were, For the best spading, ground twenty feet long and ten wide, a silver cup, valued at $8; second best a silver medal ; third best a diploma." There were six entries, and the work eommenced ; Joseph Lodge coming out in twenty min utes. The premiums awarded were as lonows: Joseph Lodge, firsti Wm. P. Lodge, lime thirty minutes, second ; and Matthew Roach, thirty-four minutes, third. The ploughing then began. There were ten